A Gallup Poll taken May 7-10, 2009 finds 51% of Americans calling themselves "pro-life" on the issue of abortion and 42% "pro-choice." Gallup reports that this is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995.
This is good news for all of us who follow the Gospel of Life and who pray and work for the pro-life efforts of our Church.
I am convinced that it is through prayer and quiet persuasion that we have reached this dramatic shift in opinions about human life and abortion.
The use of Obstetric Ultrasound has also made it obvious to expectant mothers that there is truly a developing human life in their uterus--with a heart beating, and with a clear delineation of the human form of the unborn baby. Those graphic photos have convinced many mothers to carry their baby to term and delivery.
Today's young people are growing up used to seeing prints of ultrasounds of developing human fetuses attached to the door of their refrigerators. They can easily see that this is a tiny human life, and those images are shaping their thoughts and attitudes about protecting human life.
We must continue to believe in the full spectrum of life issues outlined by the late Pope John Paul II in his landmark "The Gospel of Life," and we must be unafraid to proclaim the Gospel of Life and work for the integration of those principles in public policy.
I encourage you to access the full Gallup Poll report by going to the link shown below:
Photos of the Archdiocesan Requiem Mass for the Unborn, January 23, 2010 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels:
(photos by: Victor Aleman)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
AMERICANS MORE PRO-LIFE
Posted by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony: at 7:54 AM
Labels: Gallup, Gospel of Life, Pro-life, Unborn